People born in August have the distinctive advantage of having two birthstones. The “Evening Emerald,” known by gemologists as Peridot gemstones. The yellow-green, lime green, and luscious olive green tones have attracted world-class collectors since ancient times. It is yielded from the activity of volcanic eruptions. The second birthstone for August-born is the Sardonyx, an onyx veined gem of silica mineral quartz.
In Ancient times, the Peridot was believed to be extremely precious. This stone was referred to often as “Topaz” in the Torah and the Bible. Ancient Egyptian documentation in 1580 – 1350 B.C.E. shows gems of Peridot were formed into elegant strands of green beads believed to possess miraculous mystical powers and healing properties. These beads supposedly provided the wearer with good luck all year, including protecting against nightmares and greater influence and power. Romans and Greeks cut the gemstones for rings, inlays, and pendants.
Wealthy Turkish sultans amassed the world’s largest collections of fine Peridot gems.They used peridot as ornaments for royal turbans and to adorn jeweled boxes. The Golden Throne of Istanbul is encrusted with 955 Peridot gemstones, specifically cut in a convex shape, then highly polished. The Crusaders brought Peridots back into Europe to adorn elaborate churches thinking they were the finest of green emeralds. The “Three Magi” treasure in the Dom of Cologne in Germany is actually Peridot, not emeralds.
In the Kremlin of Russia, the crown jewels include a fine, clear, 192-carat, olive green Peridot. The largest of all cut Peridot gemstones is a 310-carat gem kept in the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington D.C.
Today’s market of Peridot jewelry has an endless range of fine gemstones to costume and high-end, designer couture jewelry. Some of the finest Peridot stones can be found in the showroom at Snow’s Jewelers. If you are looking for something special in the form of an exquisite Peridot birthstone fine jewelry piece, contact us at Snow’s Jewelers, (305) 556-0511, in Miami Lakes, Florida. We can custom design a ring, tennis bracelet, or pendant for your loved one.